On Saturday, June 15, Lineal Heavyweight champ Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury (27-0-1, 19KOs) will take on Tom Schwartz (24-0, 16KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. This will be Fury’s first fight on his new ESPN deal. It seems to be a stay busy fight, and not so much a competitive one. It’s a safe debut on ESPN for Fury, one that his co-promoter Bob Arum must be comfortable with. We are all still waiting for a rematch between Fury and Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (41-0-1, 40KOs) , and it is rumored to be a done deal for later this year, assuming Wilder takes care of business against Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (31-1, 26KOs) in September.
Tyson Fury hasn’t fought since his controversial split draw against Deontay Wilder in December 2018 (many felt Fury clearly won the fight, despite being knocked down twice). An immediate rematch was being negotiated but Fury ended up signing a monster deal with ESPN and a co-promotional deal with Top Rank Promotions.
We all know about boxing politics and the current climate of fighters on different networks and how it is preventing fights from being made. Fury has stated that he signed the deal, thinking it would give him more power at the bargaining table in the future and it would help with his exposure in the USA. While that maybe true, I think he wanted more time to prepare for a rematch with Wilder. He wants to make sure he’s 110% for what would be the biggest fight of his career. While many think he won the first fight clearly, it doesn’t change the fact that Wilder can touch someone and put their lights out.
Now, Fury takes on Tom Schwartz who is undefeated and ranked #2 in the WBO, but does not have a high caliber resume. Fury is a huge favorite to win, possibly by KO. I do not give Schwartz much of a chance to win, but I do think it will be competitive for a few rounds while Fury feels him out. It is the heavyweight division and you just never what can happen. However, Schwartz is no Andy Ruiz and Fury is not overlooking his opponent.
Tom Schwartz is a 25 year old German boxer who last fought in March earning a 2nd round KO win over Croatian boxer, Kristijan Krstacic (17-2, 14KOs). As far as caliber goes, Tyson Fury is on another planet compared to Schwartz’ previous opponents, and his awkward style is going to give Schwartz fits. I could see this fight going the distance and Fury winning by a very wide margin or I could see Fury scoring a late round TKO just by breaking down his opponent with a variety of angles and volume combinations. I have watched tape of Schwartz and he is not terrible, but he is not a championship level boxer and has not fought anyone remotely good enough to prepare him for Saturday.
Tyson Fury is the slickest boxer in the heavyweight division. He has a very awkward style that would give anyone a problem. He has an 85 inch reach, is 6’9, and should weight close to the 247 he weighed in at versus Vladimir Klitschko back in 2015. He looked great at the press conference the other day. You can tell he’s been training hard to get his weight down. I expect to see a faster, more agile Fury for this fight. It will be hard to gauge how much he has really improved against a mediocre talent but none the less, should be good to see. The prediction for this fight is one of the easier ones, 1000% Fury wins. Official Prediction: Fury by UD.
This main card will be shown on ESPN+ in the USA. A subscription to the streaming app only costs $4.99 a month. UK viewers will be able to watch on BT Sport Box Office. The undercard will air at 7 P.M. EST on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. The main card will begin at 10 P.M. EST and the main event will begin at approximately 11:30 P.M.
Here are the other fights on this card:
- Sullivan Berrera (22-2, 14KOs) Jesse Hart (25-2, 21KOs) – light heavyweight
- Mikaela Mayer (10-0, 4KOs) Lizbeth Crespo (13-4, 3KOs) – lightweight
- Albert Bell (14-0, 5KOs) vs Andy Vences (22-0-1, 12KOs) – super featherweight
- Isaac Lowe (17-0-3, 6KOs) vs Duarn Vue (14-1-2, 4KOs) – featherweight
- Martez McGregor (8-1, 6KOs) vs Cem Kilic (13-0, 8KOs) – super-middleweight
- Daniel Infante (1-1, 0KOs) vs Sonny Conto (2-0, 2KOs) – heavyweight
- Guido Vianello (3-0, 3KOs) vs Keenan Hickman (6-3-1, 2KOs) – heavyweight
- Juan Torres (3-1-1, 1KOs) vs Peter Kadiru (3-0, 1KOs) – heavyweight